Agents. They kill things. In style. They do the things that we as normal citizens–or authors in this case–can’t or won’t understand. Basically, they help you.
For some handsome money that is.
But, is it worth it?
Then there’s the argument that there’s only 7 plots. I don’t buy into that oversimplification personally, because really, there’s ONE plot. Yep, that’s it. Here it is: “There’s a conflict. It’s resolved” (NOT being resolved counts as a way of being resolved, strangely enough). So really, every story is just a derivative of Gilgamesh, because it was the first we know of to use the ONE plot.
Of course, there’s no magic number. Hopefully, we all know that. But we can also agree, there’s one we can all agree on.
The thing is, you have to come up with your own process. And sometimes it takes awhile for the Emperor to find his New Groove. It’s important though, to find what works FOR YOU. Not for J.K. Rowling, not for Stephen King, not that kid who got a point or two higher than you on his Biology essays, but YOU.